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Stephen Kenlon O'Brien


1955 - 2016
Stephen Kenlon O'Brien Obituary
Stephen Kenlon Steve' O'Brien December 14, 1955 - January 2, 2016 Rancho Santa Fe Steve O'Brien was born December 14,1955, to Thomas James O'Brien and Donna Ann O'Brien in Los Angeles. He was the 2nd son of 6 boys. He is survived by his four sons, Seamus, Sullivan, Cormac and Conan; five brothers, Tom, Mark, Mike, George and Charles; and his ex-wife, Jaime O'Brien.Steve attended Smallwood Elementary School in Buffalo, NY, before moving to Fullerton, California. There, he attended Ladera Vista Jr. High School and Servite Catholic High School in Anaheim.Early on Steve was athletically gifted. As an 11 year old, he went to the tournament finals in tennis and placed 2nd overall. In 7th grade, Steve began playing basketball with the same determination and natural talent. He set all-school records in basketball and school-records in the high jump, the 60 yard dash and the 440 yard dash. At Servite High School he began playing football, where he excelled. He also began his life long relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.At Servite High School, Steve was a three year starter on the Varsity football team and Team Captain. As Linebacker and Safety, he earned All CFI, All State and All American honors. Steve set school records in total tackles for a season and for tackles in a single game. Steve was inducted into the Servite High School Hall of Fame in 2000 for both football and basketball. He graduated in 1974 and earned a full football scholarship to USC under Coach John Robinson and John McKay. He played on three Rose Bowl teams and two national championship teams.In 1978, Steve graduated from USC with a business degree and a minor in accounting. He later earned an MBA from USC and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Steve also completed his CPA requirements and received his law degree from the University of San Diego.In 1992, Steve met his wife, Jaime. They had two sets of twin boys, settling in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Seamus, Sullivan, Conan and Cormac were the pride and joy in his life.In his spare time, Steve loved traveling, fishing, photography and water sports. We will miss his big heart, his storytelling and his wonderful Irish wit. A Go Fund Me has been set up to benefit his four boys at: https://www.gofundme.com/obrienfamilyfund. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ ranchosantafereview .
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Jan. 21, 2016
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